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Future autonomous features

3877 Views 14 Replies 12 Participants Last post by  Winger
While in for the SW recall with my 2017 w/ACC, I noticed another driver with a gen1 Volt that had the mobileye camera installed. I wasn't aware that some gen1 cars had lane keeping so I asked him about it and he clarified it was lane departure warning only.

I'm fascinated by the prospects going forward... If some pre-2016 cars had lane departure warning and 2016+ have optional lane keeping (err, nudging) I'm wondering at what point the Volt (and probably Bolt) will have actual old style Tesla highway 'autopilot'? Perhaps even auto-lane switching although that might require side cameras.. not sure if the SBZ detectors would be sufficient.

No doubt at a minimum this would require a lot more processing (and software) and perhaps even a better camera (not sure of the specs on the existing cam). But it wouldn't be too hard to predict this coming to the Volt/Bolt in the near future.

I guess my real question would be: Does anyone think existing ACC cars would be offered a camera/processor upgrade to enable some of these features? Doesn't sound like GM style to offer such upgrades and I guess it might require some UI rewriting as well.. Just curious.
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I had lane departure warning and front crash alert warning on our 2013 Volt. (safety 1 and 2) Neither worked well enough to really rely on. It was gimmicky and we ended up turning them off. I wouldn't trust either of them in that car to keep me in a lane/change lanes or stop a rear end crash. They alerted to often in wrong situations. A lot of the time the lane keep couldn't figure out where the lane is. Granted, in good weather on Florida roads the lane departure warning was better. Add heavy rain, fog, or now in my case snow and ice fog... I'm sure next gen is better and that is good thing.

IMHO, radar/lidar/FLIR, and cameras isn't going to be enough. Highways will still need some sort of chip, marker, put into the highway itself. THEN I can see autopilot working and much sooner. Right now we play this game called who's lane is it anyway?
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